The Southend United Community Trust NCS (National Citizen Service) Team Four held the fete at All Saints Church on Sutton Road to raise money for their chosen charity Little Havens Hospice, which cares for babies, children and teenagers with life-limiting illnesses from across the county.
Little Havens must raise over £46,000 every week to be there for every family that needs them for as long as they are needed. The charity, which is part of Havens Hospices receives limited government funding so relies on the generosity and support of the local community who help them fundraise like NCS Team Four.
The fete, which was organised and run by the 14 group members, featured an array of stalls including a cake stall, a lucky dip raffle, face-painting and even a ping pong competition. The group also decided to dress up as popular film and book characters including Disney Princesses and Superheroes.
Sixteen-year old Beth Bury from Southend said “As part of our social action project we decided to hold a fete raising money for Little Havens after listening to personal stories from within our group about how the charity has helped within our loved one’s lives. The things that Little Havens do, from respite to end of life care is amazing, and after realising that by raising money for Little Havens we’d be directly helping families in our local community, we were set on the charity!
“Working with the charity couldn’t have been easier! They helped us get raffle prizes donations, as well as a massive teddy for the ‘guess the teddy’ competition which helped us with our fete incredibly. There were a variety of activities at the fete and we are pleased to say that it went amazingly, and we really pleased to have raised £721 to help Little Havens continue ‘Making every day count’!”
Emma Young, Community Fundraiser for Little Havens, said “The whole of NCS Group Four should be really proud of what they’ve achieved, because the fete was a great event. Little Havens can only exist because of our fantastic supporters like Beth and her friends who fundraise their way to help us provide free specialist care for families across Essex. So, from everyone here thank you for being ‘Havens Heroes’”
Little Havens is part of Havens Hospices, which also includes Fair Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice. If you’re in a community group, a member of a sports team or member of a club and like NCS Group Four want to fundraise your way for Havens Hospices please click here [http://www.havenshospices.org.uk/fundraise].